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Dietitian

The field of dietetics is becoming extremely important with the rise in obesity and other chronic diseases associated with obesity in the United States, such as diabetes and heart disease. A dietitian’s role is crucial in helping individuals with a variety of problems and diseases eat in a manner that produces the healthiest results. Dietitians may work in a wide variety of settings from hospitals to cardiac rehab centers and even eating disorder clinics. Let’s explore this exciting profession further.

What are some of the main responsibilities of a dietitian?

There are a variety of employment settings dietitians may work in and their role will vary accordingly. The clinical dietitian’s role is mainly nutrition screening, nutrition assessments, and patient education. Nutrition screenings look at the following factors: gender, age, height, weight, body mass index (BMI), diet, appetite, allergies, albumin, diagnosis/condition, and skin condition. Nutrition assessments look at the same items as the nutrition screenings plus lab values, medications, past medical history, and calculation of calorie, protein and fluid requirements. During nutrition assessments a care plan is established along with interventions such as nutrition education, change in diet, and the addition of nutrition supplements. Other tasks of a dietician include reviewing and interpreting patient lab values, documenting after each patient session, reading and analyzing patient histories (family, medical, dietary, etc).


Clinics and hospitals are the main employer for dietitians. Dietitians can work with inpatients or outpatients in a hospital setting. At larger hospitals there may be dietitians assigned specifically to just the in patient population and others who w


In terms of parenteral feedings, an example might be a trauma or burn patient who is unconscious and on a ventilator; unable to eat by mouth. The dietitian will calculate the amount of glucose, amino acids, and lipids needing to be fed through the vein to maintain the patient’s nutrition status until they are able to eat normally again. 

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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Several institutional scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
  • Features several learning model options, including online, residency, and hybrid options.
  • Offers graduate degree programs in organizational leadership, mind-body medicine, psychology and human science.
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • Three teaching locations in Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, with the university headquarters located in San Francisco, California.
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  • Several institutional scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
  • Features several learning model options, including online, residency, and hybrid options.
  • Offers graduate degree programs in organizational leadership, mind-body medicine, psychology and human science.
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • Three teaching locations in Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, with the university headquarters located in San Francisco, California.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
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  • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
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  • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business since 1991, with an A+ rating.
  • One of the 2014 Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges, according to Military Times.
  • Features a student-run massage clinic at all locations, and a beauty services clinic at Greeley and Cheyenne locations.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • 4 campus locations in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Fort Collins, Longmont, and Greeley, Colorado.
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  • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business since 1991, with an A+ rating.
  • One of the 2014 Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges, according to Military Times.
  • Features a student-run massage clinic at all locations, and a beauty services clinic at Greeley and Cheyenne locations.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • 4 campus locations in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Fort Collins, Longmont, and Greeley, Colorado.
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